Day: December 24, 2022

Best-bets for Dec. 26: reflect on a bombed, battered year

1) “The Year: 2022,” 9-11 p.m., ABC. It’s been a weird year. Russians, Republicans and Elon Musk expected big triumphs; so did the Dodgers in the play-offs and France in the World Cup. None of that happened, in a year of surprises in Ukraine (shown here) and beyond. Meanwhile, Covid, gas prices and Donald Trump had roller-coaster years, the economy bounced back and the newest TV stars were the 67-year-old Kevin Costner and the 4-foot-11 Quinta Brunson. ABC has a lot to summarize. Read more…

Here’s a movie you (and Sondheim) would love

“Glass Onion” is that rare movie that almost everyone would like … and that Stephen Sondheim would have loved.
Sondheim was a big puzzle buff. He even paused his Broadway-musical chores to co-write “The Last of Sheila” (1973), in which a conniving mogul hosts an exotic vacation filled with mysteries and secrets. Rian Johnson has said that was one of his inspirations for writing and direction “Onion,” the brilliant “Knives Out” sequel that has just arrived on Netflix.
Johnson also sort of borrows from Agatha Christie and other mystery masters. But as always, he makes it all bigger, brighter, better and, at times, funnier. Read more…